Looking at some pending legislation through the eyes of a computer programmer… and finding it… wanting.
Found this over on a Slashdot story about how attacks on voting machines are practical (despite arguments to the contrary): The problem is our elections are supposed to be transparent by law. The problem is our elections are supposed to have public oversight. The problem is a private company can not provide public oversight. The… Continue reading The Problems
I just stumbled across a book called Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig. It’s about copyright – but also about a lot more than just copyright. It’s a freely available e-book (gotta love Creative Commons licensing), so please do download the book and give it a read – I highly recommend it. You may just change… Continue reading Free Culture
Happy Independence Day! If you’re not in the US, well, happy 4th of July… for whatever reason you like! In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected… Continue reading Happy Independence Day!
This great article goes into great detail how the current surveillance society came to be, and looks at the historical origins of the entire process – and the debate that continues to this day. It is as enlightening as it is well-written. No one should believe that real-time government surveillance of the communications network is… Continue reading The Roots of Government Surveillance